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  • MANNA'S HELP THREAD: For directing, coding and more.


    I am here to lend a helping hand to all those who face difficulties with coding on Episode.

    For a quick reply, message me on Instagram.
    @manna.episode

    I can help with:

    - How to increase the visual appeal of your scenes
    - Simultaneous Directing

    - Spot Directing
    - Zooms and Pans
    - Labels and gotos
    - Gains and Point System
    - Transitions
    - Choices
    - Overlay Animation
    - Dressing Games
    - Using Filters
    - Changing hair and lipsticks
    - Changing colors of choices

    - Animations
    - Text Effects

    - If, elif and else coding

    Just comment below what you need help with.
    NOTE: Remember to post the part of your script you are facing errors with.
    Also comment if you are viewing your story in the app or the web previewer.



    CHECK OUT MY OTHER ARTICLE:
    A Guide To Increasing The Visual Appeal Of Your Scenes: http://forums.episodeinteractive.com...of-your-scenes

  • #2
    Hey. Could you please help me?

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    • Manna
      Manna commented
      Editing a comment
      Sure. What is the issue?

  • #3
    I want to create a scene where a girl is a centre if all boys attention.

    background I need is INT. ROCK NIGHT CLUB - NIGHT


    the situation is like that: MS stands in zone 3 on the scene, dancing. All men are around her, admiring her dance with her. etc. And then a boy goes though the crowd to the MS, all the men make a lane for that boy. And the MS goes towards this boy.


    I can't create that scene. I'm not skilled in spot and layers directing..

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    • Manna
      Manna commented
      Editing a comment
      You can show this from the back angle and not side. You wouldn't have to shift zones. But you may have to use the same background with different placement and then combine it in one scene. Well if you add more than 15 background characters your story is going create a huge lag. Because I tried it once and I couldn't direct it because it would just never move past that scene.

  • #4

    The people around them quickly stepped aside to open a path and let the boy and a girl go though the crowd

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    • #5
      Hi! I am having a bit of trouble with the layers.
      I put @CHARACTER1 moves to layer 3 AND CHARACTER2 moves to layer 4 and still the character 1 appears behind the 2.

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      • Manna
        Manna commented
        Editing a comment
        Solete You have to change the layer number. @CHARACTER1 moves to layer 4 AND CHARACTER2 moves to layer 3 then only will character1 appear above character2.

      • Solete
        Solete commented
        Editing a comment
        thank you so much!

      • Manna
        Manna commented
        Editing a comment
        Solete no problem!

    • #6
      how to let the reader choose the lipstick or hairstyle?
      And i cant find the cop outfit in limelight

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      • Manna
        Manna commented
        Editing a comment
        @JhonnieMac Wouldn't that allow the reader change the other features too?

      • Raghad1971
        Raghad1971 commented
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        okay thanks

      • Manna
        Manna commented
        Editing a comment
        Raghad1971 I don't think Episode has released cop outfits for limelight yet. It is a new style and is still being developed by them.

        If you want me to send you a lip colour and hair change template. PM me.

    • #7
      Can you please help me with dressing games?

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      • stronglcves
        stronglcves commented
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        label chooseoutfit

        CHARACTER (think)
        (What should I wear?)

        choice
        "Option 1" {

        @CHARACTER exits right
        @CHARACTER changes into Option 1
        @pause for a beat
        @CHARACTER enters from right to screen center

        } "Option 2" {

        @CHARACTER exits right
        @CHARACTER changes into Option 2
        @pause for a beat
        @CHARACTER enters from right to screen center

        } "Option 3" {

        @CHARACTER exits right
        @CHARACTER changes into Option 3
        @pause for a beat
        @CHARACTER enters from right to screen center

        }

        CHARACTER (think)
        (This one?)

        choice
        "Yes!" {

        CHARACTER (admire)
        This outfit is perfect!

        @CHARACTER exits left

        } "No!" {

        goto chooseoutfit

        }

      • Manna
        Manna commented
        Editing a comment
        Sammy_xo This is how I do dressing games.

        label dressinggame_0

        CHARACTER (think)
        (What should I wear today?)

        choice
        "Option1" {
        @CHARACTER is dustoff_loop
        @CHARACTER previews outfit Option1
        @pause for 3

        CHARACTER (think)
        (Should I wear this?)

        choice
        "Yes" {
        @CHARACTER changes into Option1
        goto dressinggame_end0
        }
        "No" {
        @CHARACTER unpreviews outfit Option1
        goto dressinggame_0
        }
        }
        "Option2" {
        @CHARACTER is dustoff_loop
        @CHARACTER previews outfit Option2
        @pause for 3

        CHARACTER (think)
        (Should I wear this?)

        choice
        "Yes" {
        @CHARACTER changes into Option2
        goto dressinggame_end0
        }
        "No" {
        @CHARACTER unpreviews outfit Option2
        goto dressinggame_0
        }
        }
        "Option3" {
        @CHARACTER is dustoff_loop
        @CHARACTER previews outfit Option3
        @pause for 3

        CHARACTER (think)
        (Should I wear this?)

        choice
        "Yes" {
        @CHARACTER changes into Option3
        goto dressinggame_end0
        }
        "No" {
        @CHARACTER unpreviews outfit Option3
        goto dressinggame_0
        }
        }

        label dressinggame_end0

    • #8
      thanks alot, im so sorry but can i please message you on instagram? and what is your instagram?

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      • stronglcves
        stronglcves commented
        Editing a comment
        If you're talking to me I don't have an Instagram.

    • #9
      what're the different types of transitions besides @transition fade out/in black?

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      • Manna
        Manna commented
        Editing a comment
        All transitions are:

        *fade (in, out)
        *iris (in, out)
        *shade (up, down)
        *curtain (in_left, out_left, in_right, out_right, in_top, out_top, in_bottom, out_bottom)

      • emily.ngxyen
        emily.ngxyen commented
        Editing a comment
        thank you!

      • Manna
        Manna commented
        Editing a comment
        emily.ngxyen No problem. You can also use a few different colors other than black.

    • #10
      I'm currently having some trouble with my branching and choices. So the reader makes a choice of whether to write a note to someone or not and later in the script the reader is picking out outfit but i don't know how to get back to the story after the goto label. Here's my script :


      INT. WALKINCLOSET - DAY

      @transition fade in black

      @CHARACTER enters from left to screen center

      goto changing_clothes

      (this is the other choices area)

      label changing_clothes
      BRIANNA (think)
      (What should I change into)

      choice
      "Demin Jacket" {
      @CHARACTER changes into BRIANNA_denim

      @CHARACTER is blow_kiss

      }
      "Lace Top" {
      @CHARACTER changes into BRIANNA_fall

      @CHARACTER is blow_kiss

      }
      "Grunge with Glasses"{
      @CHARACTER changes into BRIANNA_grungeglasses

      @CHARACTER is blow_kiss

      }
      "Weird crop top and shorts"{
      @CHARACTER changes into BRIANNA_idgaf

      @CHARACTER is blow_kiss

      }
      "Lace and Plaid "{
      @CHARACTER changes into BRIANNA_lace1

      @CHARACTER is blow_kiss

      }
      " Black and White Letterman "{
      @CHARACTER changes into BRIANNA_letterman
      @CHARACTERis blow_kiss

      }
      "Olive top and plaid skirt"{
      @CHARACTER changes into BRIANNA_oliveplaid

      @CHARACTERis blow_kiss

      }
      " Purple Onesie "{
      @CHARACTER changes into BRIANNA_onesie

      @CHARACTER is blow_kiss

      }
      " Tank top and Shorts "{
      @CHARACTER changes into BRIANNA_pajamas

      @CHARACTER is blow_kiss

      }

      @pause for 2.5

      BRIANNA (primp_condescend)
      (Should I wear this or something else?)

      choice "SLAYYY QUEEN" {
      @CHARACTER is blow_kiss

      }
      "NO GO BACK WTF" {
      BRIANNA (talk_shrug)
      Alright let's go back then

      @CHARACTER is eyeroll

      goto changing_clothes
      }

      BRIANNA
      (let's do my hair and my makeup I guess)

      label changing_hair

      BRIANNA
      (What should I do to my hair?)

      choice "Beach Wave Hair" {
      @CHARACTER is primp_brush_hair
      @CHARACTER changes hair into Beach Wave Hair
      @CHARACTER gain beach_wave_hair
      @CHARACTER is shiftweight

      }
      "Braid Crown Updo"{
      Brianna is primp_brush_hair
      Brianna changes hair into Braid Crown Updo
      gain braid_crown_updo
      Brianna is shiftweight

      }
      "Diva Curls"{
      Brianna is primp_brush_hair
      Brianna changes hair into Diva Curls
      gain diva_curls
      Brianna is shiftweight

      }
      "Double Bun Updo"{
      Brianna is primp_brush_hair
      Brianna changes hair into Double Bun Updo
      gain double_bun_updo
      Brianna is shiftweight

      }
      "Fishtail Braid"{
      Brianna is primp_brush_hair
      Brianna changes hair into Fishtail Braid
      gain fishtail_braid
      Brianna is shiftweight

      }
      "High Ponytail"{
      Brianna is primp_brush_hair
      Brianna changes hair into High Ponytail
      gain high_ponytail
      Brianna is shiftweight

      }
      "Straight"{
      Brianna is primp_brush_hair
      Brianna changes hair into Straight
      gain straight
      Brianna is shiftweight

      }

      BRIANNA
      (Is this what I should change my hair to?)
      choice
      "Sure" {
      BRIANNA (blow_kiss)
      It's perfect.

      }
      "OMG SWEATIE NO" {
      BRIANNA (talk_shrug)
      Let's go back then.

      goto changing_hair
      }

      Brianna is tinker_loop_rear

      label changing_makeup

      BRIANNA
      (Which shade of lipstick should I put on?)

      choice "Bordeaux" {
      Brianna is apply_lipstick
      Brianna changes mouthColor into Bordeaux
      Brianna is blow_kiss
      }
      "Cherry Red" {
      Brianna is apply_lipstick
      Brianna changes mouthColor into Cherry Red
      Brianna is blow_kiss
      }
      "Scarlet"{
      Brianna is apply_lipstick
      Brianna changes mouthColor into Scarlet
      Brianna is blow_kiss
      }
      "Wine"{
      Brianna is apply_lipstick
      Brianna changes mouthColor into Wine
      Brianna is blow_kiss
      }
      "Ruby Red"{
      Brianna is apply_lipstick
      Brianna changes mouthColor into Ruby Red
      Brianna is blow_kiss
      }
      "Crimson"{
      Brianna is apply_lipstick
      Brianna changes mouthColor into Crimson
      Brianna is blow_kiss
      }
      "Bubblegum Pink"{
      Brianna is apply_lipstick
      Brianna changes mouthColor into Bubblegum Pink
      Brianna is blow_kiss
      }

      BRIANNA
      (Is this the one?)
      choice "Yeah sure" {
      @CHARACTER faces right and BRIANNA is blow_kiss
      @CHARACTERfaces left and BRIANNA is blow_kiss
      @CHARACTER is flirt_wink_forward

      } "SWEATY NO" {

      BRIANNA (talk_shrug)
      I guess we'll go back then.

      goto changing_makeup

      }
      BRIANNA
      (Am I finished?)
      choice
      "Yes"{
      } "No" {

      BRIANNA (talk_neutral)
      Alright let's go start over.

      goto changing_clothes
      }

      What would I do to make it go back to the choice if I can't have labels inside choices ( { } ) ?
      Last edited by emily.ngxyen; 12-28-2017, 04:17 PM.

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      • Manna
        Manna commented
        Editing a comment
        To remember past choices you need to add 'gain YOUR_GAIN_NAME' withing each choice. So when a reader selects a choice they get the gain. To remember them in the future episodes all you need to do is:
        if (YOUR_GAIN_NAME) {
        goto continue_gainname }
        elif (YOUR_GAIN_NAME2) {
        goto continue_gainname }
        else {
        goto other }

        label continue_gainname

        ADD YOUR FIRST BRANCHING HERE

        label continue_gainname

        ADD YOUR SECOND BRANCHING HERE

        label other

        ADD YOUR THIRD BRANCHING HERE

      • emily.ngxyen
        emily.ngxyen commented
        Editing a comment
        also how'd i add an overlay if i don't want to add it at the scene change?

      • Manna
        Manna commented
        Editing a comment
        To add overlays:

        @overlay CAR create
        @overlay CAR shifts to x y
        @overlay CAR scales to x x
        @overlay CAR opacity 1

    • #11
      Hey. Guys, who can help me, please?

      i cant see my overlay. What's wrong?

      INT. Black - DAY with OVERLAY to 0.500 105 405 in zone 1
      @cut to zone 1

      my over does not show up ((((

      and then I need to zoom the overlay, each part of it.

      help me please (((

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      • Manna
        Manna commented
        Editing a comment
        Sometimes this issue occurs. Try removing it saving it and add it again and resave it. Also add a layer at which you want the OVERLAY!

    • #12
      I did. But still no result (

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      • Manna
        Manna commented
        Editing a comment
        Try completely zooming out completely. Like make the background really small and find it. Then bring it to the zone you wish to view it in. You really have to search it at times. If you still have a problem I suggest you to send episode a ticket.

    • #13
      A helping hand should always be bumped and before and above all the spam bots invading the forums

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    • #14
      Could you help me figure this out? I keep trying to have my characters walk from a spot (I used to spot directing) to screen center and screen right but having them walk their really smoothly. How do I do that?

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      • Manna
        Manna commented
        Editing a comment
        The only way to do this is
        @CHARACTER walks to screen center in #number of seconds AND CHARACTER faces left AND CHARACTER is walk _ neutral

        Or you can use the default spot numbers for screen center and screen right.
        @CHARACTER spot x y z in #number of seconds

    • #15
      Thanks! This was really helpful~

      Comment


      • Manna
        Manna commented
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        No problem😊
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